Who requires this procedure ?

This procedure is indicated for patients who have a tumour in liver/ gall bladder/pancreas which is obstructing the flow of bile and causing jaundice.

What is the underlying problem?

A tumour in liver/ gall bladder/pancreas is causing compression on bile ducts and henceobstructing the flow of bile resulting in jaundice .

What are the consequences of postponing / worst complication if left untreated?

Unless treated at the right time the jaundice deepens, patient will have more pain and may land in liver function failure.

How is it diagnosed?

CT/ MRI Abdomen.

What are the steps of procedure?

The block is crossed using wire and catheters, lumen is opened using a balloon and sometimes stents are used to preserve the lumen.

Why transhepatic approach?

As most of the patients are unfit for the surgical options and interventional radiology offers solution through a 3mm hole under local anaesthesia as a day care procedure.